£3 million fire cuts

South Yorkshire Fire Authority is to announce cuts of nearly £3million for its 2011/12 budget.

Authority members will meet on February 21 to agree the local council tax funding as well as the budget for the next 12 months.

The authority is faced with a 9.5 per cent reduction in government grant funding for 2011/2012, followed by a further 3.4 per cent cut in 2012/13.

Larger cuts are planned for 2013/14 onwards.

Almost two-thirds of the fire service budget is provided by government grant.

The authority has been asking the public for their views on how they can make the reductions without affecting services.

The fire service’s management team has been reduced from four to five posts following the retirement of chief fire officer Mark Smitherman.

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